Eric Hodge

Host, "Morning Edition"

Eric Hodge hosts WUNC’s broadcast of Morning Edition, and files reports for the North Carolina news segments of the broadcast. He started at the station in 2004 doing fill-in work on weekends and All Things Considered.

In August 2004, he took over the Morning Edition slot where he enjoys the challenge of bringing North Carolina news to listeners each weekday. Eric moved to Carrboro from New York City in 2000. He worked for the BBC and XFM radio while living in London, England. He has also run his own music marketing company, worked for major record labels in both New York and London, and worked on the Grammy Award nominated Harry Belafonte project, "The Anthology of Black Music."

Eric grew up in Michigan, trained at the Broadcast Center in St. Louis with CBS's KMOX radio and worked at a variety of stations in the Midwest and upstate New York.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Mon March 25, 2013

State Celebrates 350th Anniversary Of Carolina Charter

The first page of the Carolina Charter of 1663.
Credit N.C. State Archives

People interested in the history of North Carolina can see the front page of the Carolina Charter on display today in Raleigh.  The 350-year-old old document represents the land grant from the King of England to eight of his closest friends and allies who helped him when he was restored to the throne. 

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Politics & Government
11:41 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Flood Insurance Rates To Rise Dramatically On NC Coast

A vacation home on the Outer Banks after super-storm Sandy.
Credit Don McCullough, via Flickr, Creative Commons

Flood insurance rates are set to go up for people who own property along the North Carolina coast.  Congress approved the rate increase last year after the National Flood Insurance Program had to borrow money to pay damage claims in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Super-storm Sandy. 

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Arts & Culture
12:34 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Union Sailors Caught In Famous NC Shipwreck Laid To Rest 150 Years Later

The wreck of the Civil War vessel USS Monitor lies off the coast of Cape Hatteras. Two sailors who went down with the ship will be laid to rest Friday.
Credit Monitor National Marine Sanctuary / noaa.gov

The remains of two Union sailors who went down with the ironclad USS Monitor off the North Carolina coast will be honored Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. 

The Civil War ship sank 150 years ago.  The remains were found in 2002.  Lauren Heesemann is the research coordinator for NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. 

"The date for the burial was chosen because its the 151st anniversary of the battle of Hampton Roads which is one of the battles that the Monitor is most known for; the battle of the Monitor versus the Merrimack or the CSS Virginia," Heesemann says.

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Birds And Arrows Check-In At Last Motel

In the WUNC Studios: L to R: Josh Starmer: cello and vocals, Al Wodarski: Last Motel sound engineer, Andrea Connolly: vocals, guitar and ukelele, Pete Connolly: vocals and all sorts of percussion
Credit Eric Hodge / WUNC

Birds and Arrows new album Coyotes is out next week.  It's produced by Chris Stamey from the dB's and features guests including Robert Sledge from Ben Folds Five and James Wallace from Mount Moriah.  

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Weather
7:30 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Severe Weather Awareness Week Kicks Off With Signs Of Wintry Mix

The National Weather Service in Raleigh says much of central and western North Carolina are under a hazardous weather outlook for Wednesday.
Credit National Weather Service / noaa.gov

Snow in the forecast Wednesday is a reminder that bad weather can hit North Carolina at any time.  This is severe weather awareness week across the state and officials are urging the public to be prepared.  Meteorologist Nick Petro says a statewide tornado drill will take place Wednesday morning.

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Environment
8:14 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Wildlife Officials Spar With Hyde County Over Refuge Expansion

A proposed expansion of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is running into opposition with some local leaders. 

Refuge leaders say the expansion is necessary to preserve the ecosystem that supports a wide range of wildlife, including migrating birds, black bears and red wolves.

"New Lake is a naturally occurring lake out there, but we currently only have about 80 percent of it within the refuge boundary," says refuge manager Howard Phillips. 

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Environment
9:35 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Group Struggles To Pay For Sea Turtle Rescues

Loggerhead sea turtle
Credit Wendell Reed, via Flickr, Creative Commons

The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles, or "NEST", is running out of money. The group relies on donations to rescue sea turtles along  the North Carolina coast, and they are struggling to deal with a large number of turtles that became hypothermic when a cold snap cooled shallow water quickly.

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Music
8:59 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Chris Stamey Sings The "Love Sick Blues"

'Lovesick Blues' by Chris Stamey
Credit www.chrisstamey.com

Chris Stamey has been a fixture on the local music scene for decades. He grew up with Mitch Easter and played with the likes of Alex Chilton, The Sneakers and the DBs. He's a sought after producer, and he even studied classical music and composition at UNC-Chapel Hill. But through it all, he's also been writing songs.

Chris Stamey has a new album of his own music out Wednesday called "Love Sick Blues."

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